Next time you are practicing the Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II) you might want to remember the spirit of the great warrior for whom this pose is named.
A son of Bhagwan Shiv, Virabhadra was born of suffering.
After Bhagwan Shiv’s wife Sati died, Shiv ji tore out his hair in grief, from his locks, Virabhadra and goddess Kali were born. Shiv ji then made them leader of the legions he sent to avenge Sati’s death. Virabhadra and Kali aren’t just warriors. Like Bhagwan Shiv, they destroy with the purpose of saving. They believe ego to be the real enemy. Virabhadra help remind us to humble ourselves.
When we practice the three versions of Virabhadrasana, we channel the mind of the warrior Virabhadra , going into battle unconcerned about the outcomes and with his mind and purpose strong, who can see in all directions. That is why You are to look to all sides while doing the asana (indicating importance of awareness and vigilance in life and yoga), but you are to hold your center and concentrate on your core (indicating that one needs to focus and stay in the centre of our being).
If one can imagine themselves as the fearless warrior Virabhadra sent on a mission, you will find sturdiness in the asana as well as the courage and determination to face life and its challenges.